Harbor View Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harbor View Inn Santa Barbara
Delighted with our room
We booked a King Bed Ocean View Room which had a balcony overlooking the sea and the pier. The room also had beautiful furniture, lots of room and an absolutely stunning bathroom including a bath with room for two! Santa Barbara is a fun place and feels like a mix between a university town and seaside resort - which is eaxctly what it is. We had a few drinks in some lovely bars and a great meal outside on a heated patio at Zelu. Apparently there are lots of places to dance later if that is your thing but there is a distinct difference between the dinner scene and the club scene - so something for everyone.
Not the Four Seasons....
Stayed a weekend here. I read all the great reviews, thought we'd stay based on them. I had great expectations.First, maybe this clouds my thoughts: it rained or was totally overcast for 36 hours of our weekend.We checked in...nice front desk personnel.Went to our room, which was only accessible by an staircase and we got totally drenched lugging our bags upstairs. Room was nice...decently furnishedand laid out. No mini-bar ( but empty refrigerator provided).The bed proved to be rock hard...the pillows some type of fiber or foam. No the kind of bed and bedding you'd expect in a $300/nite hotel room. There was two bath towels provided and two hand towels. Also not what you'd expect from a $300/night hotel.The 'workout room" was basically just that...a room, with a few pieces of low end non-workout equipment.The pool area looked nice, but because of the weather we couldn't use. The proximity to the beach and the pier was nice, except for the traffic along Cabrillo Blvd. The streets in Old Town at State street were closedbecause of street 'beautification' which made getting around downtown a pain in the neck, and the intersection at Cabrillo and state was a 4 way stop...with traffic backed up on Cabrillo.To top it off, some group used the beach fromt on Sunday morning for a rally of sorts. There was a live elctrical band tuning up at 8:30am and playing songs at 9am. Not the quiet restful Sunday moring I was expecting.Perhaps, in the summer and in good weather the location is good. However, this hotel is not worth its $300 per nite they charge for weekends.
Just returned from the Harbor View in Jan 03. 2nd time at this facility and it is wonderful. The help is extremely friendly, the rooms and bathrooms grand and immaculant. The restaurant next door is yummy too! "Eladios"
You can not beat the location either.
Loved the ambiance
In Santa Barbara for a wedding July 02.
Very low key ambiance-extremely well maintained with a great view water and mountains. Would love to return
Relaxing and Fun
Taking a week-end road trip we found this wonderul hotel. Staff was nice, rooms were beautiful and it made for a very relaxing stay. In fact were headed back again this week-end for another stay.
Fantastic for families!
This hotel is the only place (if you ask me) to stay in Santa Barbara. My husband and I have two small boys, and we all loved having a deck that opened out onto the fully fenced, fully and gorgeously landscaped grounds. They also have a separate kids' pool, and beautiful rooms. And the beach, of course, is right across the street. This place was a bit pricey for us, but worth every single penny.
Location, Location, Location
This was a great hotel that is located right across from the Pier at State Street. The view is very nice from the rooms on the second and third floors and the first floor rooms in the main quad open to a very nice courtyard with pool and grassy area (good for kids). Staff was very courteous and helpful. All of the hotels are pretty expensive in Santa Barbara, so make sure you pick a winner. The Harbor View Inn is a winner! If you can afford it, pay the extra for an ocean view.
The room was spacious and the decor was nice. Our bathroom was very nice, (loved the shower)! Good location with the beach right across the street. Eladio's the restaurant was very good. I would highly recommend this place and will stay here again.
One terrific hotel!
We just happened upon this hotel and were so happy we did. It is situated just across the street from the pier. Our room was just spectacular and the pool was wonderful. It was wonderful. I would recommend it highly.
Perfect Peace by the Pier
We were so surprised at this hotel. It both surprised and delighted us. The hotel is perfectly placed, just across the street from the Santa Barbara pier, which is wonderful to walk early in the morning, has the art shows, etc. You are also very close to State Street where all the activity is. The trolley stops just across the street near the pier. But the hotel.... was wonderful. Our room was spacious, and very nicely appointed, with large sliding doors out to the patio and a view of the pool. We also had our private terrace with 2 lounge chairs to sun on. The hotel was very professionally run, things arrived as soon as we called, extra towels, etc. The staff was very nice, and the hotel is spotless and very elegant. I can't wait to go back.
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... along the way - we noticed the price change from as little as $2.10 per gallon up to $3.50 per gallon BUT half way along the run from Monterey the cost was $6 per gallon!!! Needless to say we only put enough in to get us to where we thought we would get cheaper petrol (as were a bunch of other people I think). Anyway, on to Santa Barbara where we learnt more about the Spanish setting up missions ...
First thing in the morning is always to let the chicken out and to feed them. Merritt is good at catching them. Afterwards Courtney, Merritt and me went grocery shopping this morning so we could fix a Swiss dinner. Courtney and I are a good team. Together we find the right ingredients or have good ideas what to use instead. When we got home, Damon was already there. He just got back from hunting. He ...
... br> This was a long day of driving - when we reached the Pacific Ocean we followed the coast up to Santa Barbara - could see the Channel Islands off the coast and unused oil rigs. Lovely wide sandy beach, lots of palm trees, lovely resort hotel. Went for a long walk along the beach front and out along Stearns Wharf which is the oldest working wharf - lots of holiday makers around.
... and we had one of those reaffirming talks about community which reignited my love for my day job and made me proud of my team and the work we do in the UK. I only wish I had recorded her speaking, though I'm hoping its not the last conversation we have. Later that day I met Johnny Sacko, the director of the timebank here. He's a bit of a legend and immediately offered me a room at his house. Johnny took me on a tour of SB in his custom ...
... it. Hummus, baba ganoush, falafel Turkish salad and spiced chicken as an extra. A walk along the pier took us to the end of Route 66, and along the way we saw surfers, snakes, skateboarders, parrots, hobos and iguanas, all, we understand, are native to Santa Monica. On the way back to the car park with the most spectacular view of Santa Monica beach, we spent sometime chatting to a hobo who turned out to be a scientist who had lived in Chelsea in the 60's. ...